THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks

Penalties for being caught working without a permit in Phuket

Have you ever wondered just what the penalties for being caught working in Phuket without a work permit, or where you could find a copy of the law in English so you can make sure to comply with it? Read on for answers to these questions...

Sunday 31 July 2016, 02:00PM


Pitool Dumsakorn, Chief of the Phuket Employment Office, holds a Thai work permit.  His advice: 'Don't get caught working without one'. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

Pitool Dumsakorn, Chief of the Phuket Employment Office, holds a Thai work permit. His advice: 'Don't get caught working without one'. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

QUESTION

Since coming to Phuket I have seen many stories about foreigners being arrested for working illegally, and many for working without a work permit. Sometimes the foreigner caught is charged, found guilty and deported very quickly, other times there is no mention of deportation or even a fine.

What exactly is the penalty for working in Thailand without a work permit?

Also, where can I find a recognised official translation of the “Alien Labour Act”, which seems to also be called the “Working of Alien Act”, in English?

I have been told that English is an officially recognised “second” language in Thailand, but every copy of the Alien Labour Act I have seen on the Internet, including on the Ministry of Labour website (www.MoL.go.th), specifically says it is an “unofficial translation”.

Where can I find an official copy in English?

– Anna, Chalong.

Laguna Golf Phuket

 

ANSWER

The penalty for foreigners caught working without a work permit as stipulated in Section 51 of the “Working of Alien Act BE 2551 (2008)” is five years in jail or a fine of B2,000 to B100,000, or both.

Then we have to deport them.

For an official translation of the act in English, you can come and collect one at the Phuket Employment Office. We have the whole act available in Thai and English, and it is free.

Our office is located on Rattanakosin 200 Pi Rd, Phuket Town, near the Phuket Red Cross. (See map below.)

– Pitool Dumsakorn, Chief of the Phuket Employment Office.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

kataglenn | 31 July 2016 - 20:51:35

And the penalty for wrong address on work permit ??? LOSS of Passport to Police would like a answer to that one 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Rawai targets criminals, rogue drivers with B17mn CCTV camera project

Camera systems are fine, but you have to watch them 24 hours a day in control centres like they do i...(Read More)


Patong police net 13 suspects during Hi-Lo gambling raid

Problem with local Officialdom is they make a big poe-ha about small issues. The real big issues the...(Read More)


Rawai targets criminals, rogue drivers with B17mn CCTV camera project

Yup, real sufficient big speed bumps that can make they not drive faster than 50kmh in order to avo...(Read More)


Free legal service project on hold as ‘volunteer lawyers’ wait for budget

I remember that Patong police station did sack all the foreign tourist volunteer police who were spe...(Read More)


Free legal service project on hold as ‘volunteer lawyers’ wait for budget

Silly me, when I read the first article I thought that these guys were actually volunteering their s...(Read More)


Patong police net 13 suspects during Hi-Lo gambling raid

"The laugh stock of the month" Actually this price is reserved for you,every month. Luckil...(Read More)


Video highlights animal cruelty at Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo

This National Geographic article will hopefully shame Thai authorities into doing something about th...(Read More)


Fast & Furious 9 to take on Phuket roads

That's already Fast and Furious everyday on Phuket Roads !! We won't even be able to notice...(Read More)


Rawai targets criminals, rogue drivers with B17mn CCTV camera project

Just install speed bumps in the underpass and no one can drive over 50. Do the same on rawai beach r...(Read More)


Patong police net 13 suspects during Hi-Lo gambling raid

If you like yourself as RTP , wow, in a joined operation (!), make yourself the laugh stock of the ...(Read More)